27
Feb
2014

EPHESIANS 2:11-16 FOR HE HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE, WHO HAS MADE BOTH ONE

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Eph 2:11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh--who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands-- 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

I. CHRIST IS OUR PEACE (11-16)

    A. (Separation) THE GENTILES' CONDITION "BEFORE" CHRIST’S COMING  (11-12)

1.     Without Christ

2.     Without the Nation or Aliens from the nation of Israel

3.     Without the promises or Strangers from the covenants of promise

4.     Without hope

5.     Without God in the world

    B. (Reconciliation) THE GENTILES' CONDITION "THROUGH" CHRIST’S DYING (13-16)

      1. Made near by the blood of Christ (13)

      2. Now "one body" with the Jews (14)

because...

         a. Jesus has made Jew and Gentile both one, breaking down the wall of division between them (14)

         b. Jesus abolished in His flesh the law of commandments contained in ordinances that had separated them (15)

         c. Jesus now reconciles them both to God in one body through the cross (16)